Retail staff working in fear of abuse and violent behaviour

first_imgUK staff working in the retail sector are increasingly having to deal withviolence and threatening behaviour, official industry figures show. The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) annual Retail Crime Survey revealsthat violence against retail staff rose by 17 per cent in 2003, with threats toemployees up by 109 per cent. Despite the increased violence and threats, the overall total losses from retailcrime fell by £700m to £1bn, down from £1.7bn in 2002. BRC director-general Kevin Hawkins said: “The visible cost of crimeshowed a considerable and welcome fall. However, the hidden cost of crime – theemotional and business viability impact of violence towards staff – has shown aserious and worrying rise. Retail crime is not victimless. Reducing thesefigures and the terrible unseen cost of this type of crime is a priority forthe industry.” Shopworkers union Usdaw said the scale of the problem is”astonishing”. General secretary John Hannett said: “With morethan 10 per cent of the UK’s workforce being employed in retail, this issueaffects a significant number of people. No one should go to work in fear ofbeing a victim of abuse or violence.” Usdaw’s own research, based on the experiences of more than 1,600shopworkers during a week in June, reveals retail staff endure high levels ofverbal abuse, threats and physical attacks. In the UK, 51 per cent ofrespondents said they are fairly or very concerned about verbal abuse, 53 percent about threats and 57 per cent about violence. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Retail staff working in fear of abuse and violent behaviourOn 28 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

US Army Surgeons Foster Relationship With Medical Community In St. Marc, Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2011 I think is great that health professionals from other countries came to work for the health of the Ecuadorian population. I am an Orthodonist and I would like to be part of your humanitarian work team. I wish you success and if you need a volunteer I am available. THANKS AND GOOG LUCK. That is the best way to help third world countries, instead of selling them more weapons. Two U.S. Army surgeons currently taking part in Task Force Bon Voizen, a New Horizons Haiti 2011 humanitarian engineer and medical training exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard, shared their skills with Haitian physicians at St. Nicolas Hospital, in St. Marc, Haiti. Both physicians, Col. Paul Phillips III, an orthopedic surgeon from Fredericksburg, Texas, and Col. Eric Romanucci a, colorectal surgeon from Niskayuna, N.Y. are members of the 94th Combat Support Hospital, an Army Reserve unit out of Seagoville, Texas. While at St. Nicolas, Romanucci and Phillips shared their highly specialized skill sets with local resident doctors, spending time in the emergency room and the orthopedic ward. “Compared to the civilian hospital that I visited in Afghanistan, this hospital is impressive,” Romanucci said upon the arrival of an ambulance to the door of the emergency room. “They have an ambulance, and the place is very clean. They’re really doing a lot with what is available.” Both surgeons commented on the scarcity of medical specialists. According to one Haitian doctor on hand, there are a total of three neurosurgeons in the entire country, all of whom practice in Port-au-Prince. The challenges that result from this shortage are exacerbated by Haiti’s lack of enforced traffic laws. According to one Haitian physician, severe car and motorcycle crashes occur frequently, generating untold numbers of brain injuries that are often beyond a Haitian hospital’s ability to properly treat. Despite this, the medical professionals at St. Nicolas are doing what they can. Pierre Woolley, a resident at the hospital, studied in the U.S. and France prior to returning to his native Haiti, and is acutely aware of the disparity between the resources available to Haitian doctors and those in the more developed world. “It’s a different way of practicing medicine, but it’s still medicine. On the orthopedic ward, we are always in need of lots of plates, lots of screws. We must be very creative with what we have here,” Woolley said. This pragmatic approach to medicine was not lost on the Army surgeons. Both Phillips and Romanucci have practiced medicine on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and are accustomed to working in austere conditions, with whatever is available. “It isn’t always about meeting standards as they exist in the U.S. It’s about doing what you can with what you have,” said Phillips. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a Commander, U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. Task Force Bon Voizen is deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training and to provide humanitarian services. Task Force Bon Voizen will build a school, two medical clinics and a latrine facility, as well as staff three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department.last_img read more

Tipp duo competing at Para-Cycling World Championships

first_imgThe Tipperary duo of Peter Ryan and Seán Hahessy will fly the flag for Ireland at the Para-Cycling World Championships over the coming days.They will compete in the tandem time trial in South Africa today.Peter from Upperchurch Drombane and Sean from Carrick on Suir will take to the start line in the road race on Sunday. The pair will be hoping to break into the top 5.last_img